Now in a new second edition, the bestselling Writing by Choice is a comprehensive resource for learning how to write in the academic, business, and personal realms. Offering helpful guidelines without being formulaic, the text teaches students how to write clear, thoughtful prose by making informed decisions about how best to communicate their ideas. A host of features such as sample writings and readings; individual and group exercises; informative charts and graphs; annotations; and pre- and post-reading questions engage students with writing possibilities rather than limiting them with prescriptive conventions. Whether introducing students to the main types of essay-writing or navigating them through the intricacies of grammar and style, Writing by Choice remains the definitive volume for giving writers the tools they need to rise to every writing occasion.
Eric P. Henderson teaches in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. His current teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, and style, and his specialty in composition is reflected in his teaching focus with courses such as Reading and Writing across the Disciplines, University Writing, Remedial English Composition, and others. He is an active author with Oxford University Press Canada, where his other books include The Empowered Writer (co-authored with K. M. Moran, 2010) and Short Fiction and Critical Contexts (co-edited with J. Hancock, 2009). His other recent publications include When I Was a Child: Stories for Grownups and Children (Oberon, 2003) and Entering the Landscape (Oberon, 2001). Henderson has also published articles in leading journals such as Canadian Literature, English Studies in Canada, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.
"Writing by Choice includes all of the basic grammar I would teach in my course (and then some), and it presents it well." --Kelly St. Jacques, University of Ottawa
"Writing by Choice is an excellent composition textbook. ... I'm impressed with the sensitivity Eric Henderson shows to students throughout the text." --Barbara Rose, Brandon University
"The greatest strength of Eric Henderson's Writing by Choice is its comprehensive approach and extremely useful examples of writing. ... The sample papers are very good models of readable, academic prose: I would be very pleased if my students submitted work of this calibre." --Mark Spielmacher, University of Waterloo